Security tight as Karachi gears up for PSL final

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Islamabad United have reclaimed PSL title as they beat Peshawar Zalmi in the final played at National Stadium, Karachi.

On the same tour, terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore. Spectators might have to wait in long queues hours before the evening final and will get into the stadium only after going through at least three security checkpoints.

Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed, while six members of the Sri Lanka team were injured.

Despite the encouraging signs, some of the PSL's top stars preferred not to play in Pakistan, including Quetta Gladiators batsman Kevin Pietersen who appeared to announce his retirement instead.

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Security tight as Karachi gears up for PSL final

He said that cricket is back in Pakistan especially in Karachi and happy to hear that West Indies cricket team is also coming to Pakistan.

The Lahore matches were played under heavy security, with police and paramilitary personnel guarding the teams from their hotel to the stadium and back.

-AFP Cricket fans arrive at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi.

The first 31 matches of the PSL were again played in Dubai and Sharjah before the two play-offs in Lahore, highlighting the improvement in security situation after military operations in the troubled north-west of the country.

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Love of the game also brought 14-year-old Maaz Ahmed to the ground. "I simply can't describe my excitement in words, I just want the final to begin".

Like Hamza Ali Abbasi, Mahira is Zalmi's ambassador this year and with the added push of her being a Karachiite, Miss Khan will be definitely out supporting her team!

It will be followed by three Twenty20 internationals against reigning World Twenty20 champions the West Indies on April 1, 2 and 3 - all in Karach.

"You have to come back again, fill the stadium and show the world that we are again ready for worldwide matches", Sethi said.

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Karachi became the second major venue to host global matches after Lahore hosted five worldwide matches against Zimbabwe in 2015, as well as the PSL final in March past year, three World XI matches in September and one against Sri Lanka a month later.

National Stadium, which once was home to worldwide cricket events, has now, after a long break, seen a new wave of cricket revival.

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